Playing with a purpose much more important that a mere high school hockey game, Grand Haven’s varsity icers knocked off Grand Rapids Catholic Central in Wednesday’s Bucs’ Pride night, 2-1.
Players from each team wore special jerseys as they honored those who have battled cancer. Fundraising efforts by the teams led to a check for $2,700 being presented to representatives from the VanAndel Institute following the game.
On the ice, the Buccaneers jumped out to a 2-0 lead. James Dyksterhouse scored, assisted by Ian Hibbard, in the opening period.
In the second, Hibbard scored, assisted by Tom Zelenka.
Catholic Central closed to within a goal when Brian Cain scored in the third period, but Grand Haven’s defense, backstopped by goalie Zach Kooi, held on for the win.
Kooi made 18 saves for the Bucs, who held a 24-19 advantage in shots.
Grand Haven played a very disciplined game, getting whistled for just two penalties.
Grand Haven, now 5-3-1 in league games and 11-5-2 overall, takes to the road to face East Kentwood in a key Tier I contest on Friday at 8 p.m.